Review: Unfiltered: No Shame, No Regrets, Just Me.
For those of you who have seen or participated in the Circles of Change Book Club, you know that I’m all for anything that changes the way we talk about health, beauty, and our bodies. I’m especially interested when these conversation-changers come in the form of a book.
While I was eager to pick up Tina Fey, Amy Poehler, and Mindy Kaling’s nonfiction publications, Lily Collins’s book initially didn’t pop up on my radar. While I was familiar with the brand of feminism and wit I could expect from the aforementioned comedic powerhouses, I wasn’t familiar enough with who Collins was outside of her movie roles.
So color me surprised when I learned that “Unfiltered: No Shame, No Regrets, Just Me.” was about self-acceptance and recovery after eating disorders. And color me excited when there wasn’t a single bit of gossip or hyperbolic self-congratulation in this book, but that kind of self-praise that absolutely should come from genuine self-love.
There are more than a few descriptions of what her various eating disorders looked like that can feel borderline “how-to” and some of her lifestyle choices while in recovery still feel like they border on disordered eating behavior, but Collins is also quick to point out that her recovery isn’t done, and that there’s always more to learn and adjust.
When it feels like every female celebrity is quick to perpetuate the unrealistic beauty standards of our culture, Collins is set on making every reader feel that as she embraces what she calls quirks, that you can do the same.
While the book is short, the brevity of the content allows the main message to shine.
The book is as honest as the title suggests. I recommend this book for women of all ages, but especially young women, who need a quick reminder of the joys that come with a full and colorful life, or for anyone who needs to take that first step on the path to recovery. Collins includes links in the back of the book for resources available for eating disorders, dating abuse, bullying, and general mental health.
4/5 Stars for being a book that casts a light on the unrealistic expectations of female beauty, and for offering ideas about how to confront the people and things in your life that make you unhappy. The 1 star deduction comes from how compact the book was, and that for me it wasn't exploring new ideas but rather nodding along to ideas I already embrace and appreciate.